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Poster: BryanE Date: Feb 13, 2007 5:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Comes A Time---and other moments of rare beauty

A number of people listed it in response to the survey question about the slot late in the second set where Jerry would usually perform one of his you-could-have-heard-a-pin-drop ballads. Terrific choice, too, folks. One thing that makes Comes A Time so special for me is the instrumental passage that often followed the final vocals of "only love can fill." Sometimes that music was so haunting and timeless, one of those rare and beautiful extensions at the end of a song that helped explain what it meant when people said "There is nothing like a Grateful Dead concert." Crazy Fingers is another song that had a wonderful coda. I'm reminded of the first part of the jam coming out of Music Never Stopped, too. If anyone would like to post links to good examples of this sort of Grateful Dead uniqueness, not necessarily exclusive to these songs, either, it would be appreciated. Or if you have similar thoughts or feelings on the same matter, I'd love for you to share them.

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Poster: Cranky1 Date: Feb 14, 2007 5:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Comes A Time---and other moments of rare beauty

Black Muddy River....sing me a song of my own...

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Poster: countmlbjam Date: Feb 14, 2007 8:24am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Comes A Time---and other moments of rare beauty

I oddly enough haven't heard 5-9-77. But I'd like to compare that Comes A Time to 5-4-77 and 7-17-76. My two favorites thus far.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Feb 16, 2007 7:09am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Comes A Time---and other moments of rare beauty

That's the way it's been in town
ever since they tore the juke box down
Two-bit piece don't buy no more
not so much as it done before

And I say row, Jimmy, row
Gonna get there?
I don't know
Seems a common way to go
Get down, row, row, row
row, row


Just beautiful - can give me a real tingle up the spine when its done well. There's a place in my heart for the 'reggae Rows' of later years but I prefer it when they don't break into a gallop on the final chorus. And this is one song that I like Donna to be on board for. There's a nice slow almost meditative version in the Winterland 2-24-74 show that I rather like.

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Poster: BryanE Date: Feb 16, 2007 7:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Comes A Time---and other moments of rare beauty

Beautiful song. Wake of the Flood might be their most underated album.

Here's a not-so-fond Row Jimmy memory, though:

It had been a very long overnight drive to Chicago following a show in St. Louis. Riding shotgun was my fellow Dead Head from our floor in the dorms freshman year. It had been our chance to finally experience a show together after a year filled with nights listening to tapes when we should have been studying. Driving the car was his best friend from home, another Head who had made the trip from Florida for St. Louis. I was seated on a very hard hump separating the bucket seats in back, which is where I was consigned for the ride between a couple of brain-dead passengers because I had pretty much hitched the ride north and was an afterthought as far as the journey's accommodations were concerned. By the time we hit the Dan Ryan Expressway on the south side of Chicago, my lower back and ass were in excruciating pain and I was not happy. It was full-on morning rush hour on the Dan Ryan, and our driver, a frighteningly leadfooted guy who was running at an average speed of about 80, would come right up to the tail-end of the cars in front of us and hit his brakes in the nick of time before surely propelling us all toward a fiery death on the highway.

And if that were not bad enough, it was in the middle of this nightmare scenario that he started to describe the Row Jimmy that he saw at a show in Florida. At that time, during the repeated chorus at the end of the song, Weir's gimmick was to grab the neck of his guitar, like an oar, and row, Jimmy. Well, I'm sure it was very entertaining and all, but going 80 miles an hour during Chicago's morning rush, all the while tailgating like a damned fool, is not the time to take both hands off the steering wheel to pantomime an impersonation of Bob Weir. After the third row of Jimmy's boat, my capacity for endurance reached its limit, prompting me to shout, "DON'T DO THAT!"

Amazingly, we arrived at our destination in the northern suburbs in one piece. To his credit, my college buddy apologized repeatedly over the next couple of years for my having to ride for hours on that relentlessly hard hump in the back, characterizing the other two passengers as a couple of retards whom he barely knew, but who had chipped in for gas to get to the St. Louis show. As far as the lunatic at the wheel, he actually turned out to be a really good guy. He probably should never have been issued a license, though.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Feb 16, 2007 9:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Comes A Time---and other moments of rare beauty

Thanks for sharing that, Bryan. I can remember seeing Weir doing that row with the guitar and thinking it was kind of cute in a silly sort of way, inept enough to remind you that these guys never really got the rock star act down pat. But I imagine its not too cute at all to have it demonstrated to you at 80mph in heavy traffic. Was it a good show the night before?

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Poster: BryanE Date: Feb 16, 2007 9:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Comes A Time---and other moments of rare beauty

Oh, a great show! One of my favorites, although on paper the song list probably wouldn't look remarkable. It was in July '81, and while the Kiel Auditorium felt like a sauna, the band was even hotter. China>Rider seemed to come right out of nowhere to close the first set; Scarlet>Fire to open the second set was phenomenal with shades of the Live Dead Dark Star during the jam; it was a Sailor>Saint of historic proportions that went into Frankin's Tower, another unpredictable choice; Wharf Rat was on-the-mark perfect, and Sugar Magnolia matched the high standard that had been established throughout the evening.

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Poster: tigerbolt Date: Feb 13, 2007 6:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Comes A Time---and other moments of rare beauty

a lonely man sweet angel of mercy stella blue http://www.archive.org/details/gd93-06-16.sbd.eliason.13330.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: SactownTom Date: Feb 15, 2007 11:54am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Comes A Time---and other moments of rare beauty

Check out the Crazy Fingers>Comes A Time on 6/22/76 at the Tower Theater in Philly. The Crazy Fingers coda you spoke of into Comes A Time is simply amazing. It was filler on an old tape I wore out years ago. Caveat: it is an aud tape of average quality...but I feel this needs to be heard at least once.

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Feb 15, 2007 12:10pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Comes A Time---and other moments of rare beauty

Love those two tunes - will have to check out that segue - never heard that show - thanks for the heads up


:)

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Poster: BryanE Date: Feb 16, 2007 3:32am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Comes A Time---and other moments of rare beauty

Wow! That sounds like a real treat.

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Poster: SactownTom Date: Feb 16, 2007 6:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Comes A Time---and other moments of rare beauty

Check it out--it's here on the Archive...

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Feb 13, 2007 7:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Comes A Time---and other moments of rare beauty

Electric Ripple from 2/20/71...


http://www.archive.org/details/gd71-02-20.sbd.orf.111.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: Sugaree83 Date: Feb 13, 2007 6:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Comes A Time---and other moments of rare beauty

Stella Blue ..

Though I really can't put the feeling into words.

Sorry.

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Poster: Street Pig Date: Feb 13, 2007 6:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Comes A Time---and other moments of rare beauty

well at least we can put a date to it........5.4.79 a great moment for my trip with da boys.Pig

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Poster: deadmax Date: Feb 13, 2007 8:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Comes A Time---and other moments of rare beauty

Pig - what do you know of 5/4/79? IMOSHO it is a really good show trapped in a really bad recording.

But there's no "Comes a Time". What are you referring to? or are you just dissing the whole "post 69 thing"? It's cool if you are, I was just wondering 'cuz it's one of my favorite shows.

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Poster: Street Pig Date: Feb 14, 2007 3:18am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Comes A Time---and other moments of rare beauty

I was referring to Stella blue, I was there and yes the recording is not pristine but the memory of da boys going from a frenxy truckin to a light as a feather Stella is etched in my memory bank as one of those ligth bulb moments (see my review of that show)

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Poster: caspersvapors Date: Feb 13, 2007 9:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Comes A Time---and other moments of rare beauty

listen to Comes A Time 5/9/77 - its AMAZING (understatement)

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Feb 14, 2007 9:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Comes A Time---and other moments of rare beauty

Concur. This and Worcester 1987 are the 2 best I have heard.

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Poster: Sugaree83 Date: Feb 13, 2007 7:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Comes A Time---and other moments of rare beauty

Not exactly what you were looking for, but for a quality extension, in one of the most underrated songs of all time ...

PROMISED LAND!



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Poster: SDH2O Date: Feb 13, 2007 6:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Comes A Time---and other moments of rare beauty

Right off the top of my head, the first that comes to mind is Wharf Rat. Jerry's ability to put you in the middle of the story and feel all the emotions of the song deep in your soul, all of which come to an incredible peak during his final solo. When Jerry is really feeling it, this song can almost make me cry.
The other would have to be Must Have Been The Roses. The moment in this song where Jerry can just rip out your heart is the line "Let me lay neath the roses, till my eyes no longer see" when Jerry puts that little something extra into the last couple of words. Spine chilling.
Similar moment often comes up in "Ship Of Fools" in "...to have you call me child". In my favorite versions Jerry just rips into "..call me child". Conveys the emotion with laser-like precision.
Now that I think about it, almost all Jerry tunes have those "moments" where he will often dig down and throw a little extra into a lyric or chord or note that can shake you to the core.
Damn, I really love this band.

This post was modified by SomeDarkHollow on 2007-02-14 02:43:28

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Poster: BryanE Date: Feb 13, 2007 8:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Comes A Time---and other moments of rare beauty

"Faded is the crimson from the ribbons that she wore,
And it's strange how no one comes 'round anymore."

It's got a simple, sad poignancy that few songwriters have ever been able to achieve. Hank Williams would have been envious. Some folks other than Jerry (not counting Weir, Phil, Pig, etc.) have tried to sing Hunter's lyrics, but not many, and no one will ever be able to match the raw honesty that he put into those songs. He had an uncanny ability to create a palpable emotionality without the slightest hint of being pretentious, a rare talent for any performer.

Here's another one:

"Delilah Jones went to meet her God
And the old man never was the same again."

Just try to keep your heart from breaking, even just a little.